The Voice season 20 Blind Auditions continue with returning coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. Nick Jonas rejoins the panel after a season off. Carson Daly returns as host. We’ll be live blogging all the Blind Audition 4 performances right here.
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Connor Christian – Bright Lights by Gary Clark Jr. – 23 – Gallipolis OH – He’s had a guitar in his hand since he was a little kid. His dad, a music lover, surrounded him with music. He’d even take Connor to blues clubs. The singer also played tennis, all through college. In fact, his day job is coaching tennis. He accompanies himself ably on electric guitar with a singing voice that’s ragged and raspy. Blake turns around fast. John’s head is bopping, but he’s not turning. Then, Nick and Kelly hit their buttons last minute. BLAKE IS BIG MAD. Kelly says he’s in a lane all by himself. Blake is SUPER ENTHUSIASTIC. He’s laying it on, all super thick. Oh. John didn’t realize Connor was playing the guitar. Nick mentions that he is also a guitar player. Kelly suggests that Connor sing some Black Keys. She’s coaching him already. In the end, Connor picks Blake. – Blake, Kelly and Nick turn. Connor picks Blake.
Kaitlyn Myers – If You Really Love Me by Stevie Wonder – 17 – Schwenksville PA – She lives with her family, who introduced her to classic rock. She LOVES Motown. She and her choir performed in New York City last year, where she had a solo in the group’s performance of John’s song “Glory.” Her voice is nice and low, but she’s a bit pitchy. She needs to work on control and power before she’s ready, I think. She has an interesting tone, though. So, no turns. The coaches can’t believe she’s so young. John notes that she picked a difficult song. He encourages her to return – No Turns
Bradley Sinclair – Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur – 22 – Nashville TN – He’s originally from Michigan. He sang in choirs and musicals in high school. He loves technology and worked at an Apple store. But he decided to quit his job and move to Nashville, where he has been writing music. Hm. His tone is really…odd. He’s doing his own thing with the song though. He’s got a pretty tone in his upper register, where he adds some rasp. Kelly loves her rasp, so she hits her button. Nick follows. I’m surprised his pitchy moments did tank his audition. Nick notes it wasn’t a perfect audition, but would love to be his coach. Bradley wants to sing some “old school Jonas Brothers.” John calls his range “serious.” Kelly reminds Bradley that she turned first. But she thinks she already lost. And indeed, Bradley picks Nick – Kelly and Nick turn. Bradley picks Nick
Gihanna Zoë – She Used to Be Mine by Sara Bareilles (Waitress) – 17 – Redlands CA – Here’s a Blind Audition that begins with the artist in shadow. The singer has a trembly, rangy voice that exudes emotion. It takes a bit, but Kelly hits her button, and the singer is finally lit up. I’m not sure why the show chose to hide her at first? Maybe because she’s only a teen. Nick hits his button next. So, this is about Kelly finally getting a singer on her team tonight. John thought her performance was strong, but only at the end. Kelly reminds Gihanna that she turned first. She mentions that she has “navigated a singing competition before.” Oh. Gihanna is way excited that Nick turned. Nick wants to help her with nerves. Her dad is a pastor, just like Nick. But in the end she picks Kelly! Interesting that Gihanna had no video package. – Kelly and Nick turn, Gihanna picks Kelly
JD Casper – How to Save a Life by the Fray – 28 – Austin TX – He comes from a military family and joined the Navy after high school. On the ship in Japan, he slept with his guitar. He’s out of the military and currently plays gigs around Texas. Lucky for him (or not) that the Texas governor doesn’t care about keeping people safe from Covid. He’s engaged, but also has two children. He’s playing several instruments at the same time. Gimmicky. Honestly, he needs to concentrate on his vocal at this stage. The coaches have no idea he’s playing a contraption on stage. Kelly points up, like she’s waiting for him to do something. Oh. But Kelly eventually turns. I thought that performance was all kinds of pitchy. But apparently the contraption, with drums, is his shtick. Kelly thought he did a really “cool job” doing his own thing. His kids love Kelly, so he would have picked her. – Only Kelly turned
Deion Warren – Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – 28 – Conway NC – We previewed this audition HERE. Deion is teary as he speaks to his parents via Zoom. He took a big risk to end up on The Voice, he says. John and Kelly turn pretty fast. Nick hits his button last. There is something about Deion’s voice. It’s warm, inviting, yet passionate. Blake says he didn’t turn, because he wooed a singer to his team by promising he’d be the only one of his kind. Deion’s father is a pastor. Church helped him stay out of trouble, growing up in a bad environment. He wants to make a difference, so he’s a probation officer. Nick promises to take him to the finale! John loves the song choice because he made it his own. Kelly notes that he didn’t try to show off his range, but convey the meaning of the song. “Pick someone who won a vocal competition!” In the end, Deion picks John. – Kelly, Nick and John turn. Deion picks John